Phillies: A win, a loss, & Brown's surgery

Philadelphia Phillies' Domonic Brown swings on an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

March 6, 2011 5:21:08 PM PST
The Philadelphia Phillies say rookie right fielder Domonic Brown is likely to have surgery on his broken right hand.

Brown traveled back to Philadelphia on Sunday and will be examined by specialist Dr. Randall Culp. Brown will probably have surgery on Tuesday.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had said Brown would probably need anywhere from three to six weeks to heal from surgery.

Brown hurt himself swinging the bat in a game Saturday. Without him, Ben Francisco has a good chance to take over as Philadelphia's right fielder.

Lee pitches 4 shutout innings, Howard homers

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Cliff Lee threw four shutout innings, Ryan Howard hit his second home run of the spring and a split squad of Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Sunday.

Lee, the prize of the winter free-agent market, was in midseason form. He held Tampa Bay to two singles while striking out five and walking none in his second start.

"I was throwing the ball where I wanted to a little more than in my last outing," said Lee, who signed a five-year, $120 million contract with the Phillies in December. "Things went well."

"I felt good, didn't walk anyone, threw strikes and worked a lot of my pitches," Lee said. "That's kind of what you're supposed to do at this point in spring training."

The 32-year-old Lee painted the strike zone early and often against a Rays team he last faced in the 2010 AL championship series. Lee left three Rays looking at called third strikes and chatting with plate umpire Mark Carlson.

"I like it when they're baffled a little bit, I guess," Lee said. "There's no telling what they were saying. They could be telling him, 'How'd your offseason go? How you doing? How's the family?'

"They could be saying, I thought that was a ball, what do you got?' There's no telling. But it's usually a good thing when they're slamming the bat and arguing with the umpires. It's usually a good thing for the pitcher."

Howard hit a long home run in the second off Wade Davis. First base prospect Matt Rizzotti homered in the eighth and Joel Naughton singled home Ross Gload with two outs in the ninth to win it.

Davis allowed two hits in two innings. He struck out two and walked none.

Lee, who will follow Roy Halladay in the Phillies' rotation when the regular season begins next month, breezed through his outing.

"I told him, 'If you don't go five, you don't get the win,' and he was OK with that. He's an unselfish pitcher," joked bench coach Pete Mackanin, who handled managing duties while Charlie Manuel managed the other half of a split squad.

NOTES: Roy Oswalt is scheduled to make his second start of the spring on Monday in Tampa against the New York Yankees. Right-hander A.J. Burnett is set to pitch for the Yankees.

Coke goes 4 innings as Tigers beat Phillies 2-1

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Phil Coke pitched four innings and could have gone longer.

Switching from the bullpen to starting has been a breeze so far.

Coke pitched four innings as he prepares for a starting role and the Detroit Tigers beat a split squad of Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Sunday.

"I've never thought of myself as anything but a baseball player, not a starter or reliever," Coke said. "I just have to work on the flow that comes with being a starter and getting my location down. I can't get upset over things, but I started throughout the minors, so this isn't anything I haven't done before."

Coke gave up four hits, including a long home run to John Mayberry.

He has pitched 158 games in the majors, all but one in relief. Tigers manager Jim Leyland emphatically said his rotation was set and that Coke was a part of it. The left-hander has struck out five without a walk this spring.

And wow that he's no longer spending games in the bullpen, his teammates are learning that Coke definitely has the gift of gab. "He's a fierce competitor and he doesn't get too hyper despite his personality," Leyland said. "I don't want to see him when he isn't pitching, but I also like personalities. He's certainly not boring."

The Tigers won in the bottom of ninth when Don Kelly singled and later scored on a single from Scott Thorman.

Valverde pitched a scoreless inning and allowed one hit. Hes been working on a new sinker and threw it for most of his inning. "I plan to throw more sinkers this year," Valverde said. "If it's working, that's what I am going to throw. It has been phenomenal this year."

Valverde has allowed only one run in four innings this spring.

Kyle Kendrick started for the Phillies, who left most of their team back in Clearwater. Kendrick allowed a hit and struck out one in three shutout innings.

The Phillies led 1-0 until the eighth inning when Bryan Holaday hit a long homer to tie it.

The Tigers won in the ninth when Don Kelly scored on a single by Scott Thorman.

The winning hit came off of former Tigers closer Matt Anderson, who is attempting a comeback. Anderson, who led the Tigers in saves in 2001, hasn't pitched professionally since 2008 when he left baseball with a right shoulder injury.

Notes: OF Magglio Ordonez is day-to-day after suffering a cramped left hamstring on Saturday. ... Top Tigers prospects LHP Andy Oliver and RHP Jacob Turner will square off Thursday morning in an intrasquad game. Both are expected to pitch four innings as Leyland said he would try to "stretch them out." ... Leyland said that he would be making "sizable cuts" very soon. ... Holaday played the entire game at catcher and Leyland called him player of the game. ... Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera was 0 for 3 with a strikeout, dropping his spring batting average to .118.

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